Apr 4, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcherMike Pelfrey
(37) delivers against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Cleveland won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
I’d honestly consider some of the later names to be more likely, but Mike Pelfrey has been a starter for the majority of his career. That being said, his time with the Twins has been nothing short of a waste as he has been incredibly injury prone to this point. Coming off of other issues in 2014, a shift to the bullpen may be the best for his longevity and benefit to the Twins.
Pitching in just five games last season, Pelfrey’s 7.99 ERA was atrocious, and his 1.986 WHIP did him no favors either. With a career 4.56 ERA to his credit, he could slot into the former role filled by Anthony Swarzak, and be more effective in short bursts out of the bullpen.
Should Paul Molitor and the Twins decide to bump Pelfrey into an inning eating role out of the bullpen, expecting him to improve on his career mark and come in somewhere around a 3.70 ERA would be fair. Pelfrey could end up being a spot starter for the Twins, and one that would be more welcomed than Yohan Pino or Logan Darnell, but don’t expect him to start in the rotation following 2015 spring training.
With a handful of options named, who do we have left? There’s a couple that may surprise you…